We Sparkled!!

We Sparkled!!

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Sparkle like the Sun Fundraiser was a huge success!! 


In June we held a fundraising event to raise funds to help subsidise costs for our assisting team to attend The Big Web. 


The fundraiser was a HUGE success and we are incredibly proud of the community of teachers, assistants and yogis who contributed towards the day!


Chris taught an awesome hot yoga sequence with music, Manos led a Shamanic Journey and then there were treatments galore on offer!  If that wasn’t enough we also got through a tonne of GF cakes, muffins and biscuits!


The whole day left people feeling great about their practice and their connection to our community. 


Here’s a few words from one of our beautiful students Mitch;


“With an intention to sparkle like the sun we were guaranteed a super sonic experience. A beautiful idea to cherish the Jambo Yoga community and to strengthen its roots as all proceeds were going to send aspiring yoga teachers to be educated by our gurus guru for an educational and inspirational weekend called The Big Web.


These brilliant teachers will come back revved up and ready to cherish even more precious ones.


First came yoga…


The day started when we bashed in a two hour yoga set with beats. I had never experienced group yoga with tunes and it was brilliant and unique experience.


Then connection to spirit…


Then I traveled on my first shamanic journey with Manos. To be blessed with such ancient traditional wisdom. Using the power of the mind through visualizations we traveled on our own personal journey. The breathing exercise required pure single pointed concentration with solid effort. I never realised breathing could be so hard.  But with effort we were guaranteed a wonderful journey. We all opened up in group discussion and discovered each of us had a blessed and fascinating experience. Truly a privilege.


Then a treatment…


Then I decided to take the opportunity to have one of the many health treatments on offer. Such an ocean of talent I opted for a Reiki treatment a word I had heard but never thought much about. I experienced a powerful sensation in my skull, which was positively strange. A super star called Fae performed the process another secret weapon at Jambo Yoga who teaches yoga to children.


And a Party Bag??


Well this may sound silly and I know it's the norm now at children's birthday parties to leave with a party bag. Well we didn't have this when I was a child and we were all given at the end of the day a party bag to take away.


This was SO exciting and I treasure this and it’s contents. I haven't yet used the tea bag as it smells wonderful. Inside the bag was a 'self practice' explanation which is truly remarkable. Whilst I have not yet used this self practice as I am new to Yoga and still finding my feet and still thoroughly enjoy my classes this is something all yogis must work towards. This is when you are programmed so that your yoga practice becomes a ritual or habit.


To sow the seeds in the mind about a daily practice is so significant that this must never be taken for granted. To have the automatic power and confidence to get on your mat and practice with grace and joy the inspiring routines we learn in class is to be marvelled at. This single piece of paper is very precious.


If the world could provide a fraction of the experience from this afternoon the world would always sparkle like the sun.


A beautiful note written by Atisha springs to mind when I think of the community at Jambo Yoga 'Avoid friends who cause you to increase delusions, and rely upon those who increase virtue. This you should take to heart'. This community has a genuine wish to cherish.


Love Mitch.”



Huge thanks to;


  • The whole Jambo Yoga Team
  • The Buddhist Centre, Newcastle
  • The yogis who attended
  • Lauren Hoy and Claire Louise for the GF baked treats 


For those of you who want to try here are some of the GF recipes;

1. Claire's Whole Food Banana Bread -

2. Lauren's Gluten Free Rosemary and Parmesan Cornbread Muffins

  • 375g gluten free plain flour (doves)

  • 225g cornmeal

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 4 tsp baking powder

  • 110g sugar

  • 480ml milk

  • 2 eggs 

  • 110g butter

  • 100g sweetcorn

  • handful of rosemary chopped
  • 50g grated parmesan (with extra for the top)
Makes about 20 muffins and take about 10 minutes to prepare with an additional 20 minutes baking time
  1. Mix all of the dry and wet ingredients together to make a thick batter 
  2. Stir in the sweetcorn, chopped rosemary and grated parmesan
  3. Place muffin cases (the largest kind of case) into a muffin tray and pour the batter into muffin cases. Pour in enough batter to fill two thirds of a case, so it has room to expand without overflowing!
  4. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with a little grated parmesan
  5. Bake at 200C for about 15 -20 minutes until springy to touch
  6. You can sprinkle more cheese on whilst they're warm
  7. Allow to cool slightly before eating. 
  8. They also freeze really well so you can stash some for later!

Lauren’s wonderful baking blog is here;

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